Associate Vice President of Student Life/Dean of Students (Administrator III), Student Affairs (3670)

  • Dominguez Hills
  • Carson, California
  • Aug 03, 2020
Full Time Administration and Management Education and Training

Job Description

Position Information

This is a full-time management (MPP) position. MPP employees serve at the pleasure of the campus President. MPPs do not serve a probationary period and never receive permanent status.

This position is a "designated position" in the California State University's Conflict of Interest Code. The successful candidate accepting this position is required to file Conflict of Interest forms subject to the regulations of the Fair Political Practices Commission.

Salary Range and Max Salary

Review of applications will begin 03/05/2020, and the position will remain Open Until Filled.
The salary range for this classification is: $6,250 - $18,750 monthly
The salary is commensurate with experience.

Conditions of Employment

Possession of a valid Driver's License is required. Employees in this position will be enrolled in the Department of Motor Vehicles (DMV) Government Employer Pull Notice Program which confirms possession of a valid driver's license and reflects driving record.

Satisfactory completion of a background check (including a criminal records check) is required for employment. CSU will make a conditional offer of employment, which may be rescinded if the background check reveals disqualifying information, and/or it is discovered that the candidate knowingly withheld or falsified information. Failure to satisfactorily complete the background check may affect the continued employment of a current CSU employee who was conditionally offered the position.

The person holding this position is considered a `mandated reporter' under the California Child Abuse and Neglect Reporting Act and is required to comply with the requirements set forth in CSU Executive Order 1083 as a condition of employment.

Campus Marketing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, was established in 1960 and is one of the 23 campuses that comprise The California State University system. CSU Dominguez Hills is an urban, comprehensive public university that serves a culturally rich, diverse student body of over 12,500 students at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Located on a 346-acre site in the South Bay portion of the greater Los Angeles metropolitan area, CSU Dominguez Hills has a highly pluralistic student body, which includes a significant number of non-traditional, working adult students as well as approximately 2,000 students enrolled in distance learning programs statewide. The University, with its five Academic Colleges, has more than 300 full-time faculty members and is situated in an area characterized by an extraordinary heterogeneity of people, and an extensive array of high technology industries and professional services.

Department Marketing Statement

Department: Student Affairs

The California State University System is in the midst of the CSU Graduation Initiative 2025. The goals of this initiative include tripling the CSU Dominguez Hills four-year graduation rate, from nine percent at baseline to 31 percent for the cohort entering fall 2021. To do so, the campus will leverage student engagement and high-impact practices to promote deep learning, intellectual versatility, and genuine equity. Students come to CSU Dominguez Hills from some of the state¿s most disadvantaged high schools and community colleges. Three-quarters of entering freshman require additional pre-college interventions in English and math, and early attrition is high. Over 70 percent of students are eligible for federal financial aid. CSUDH is working tirelessly to find creative and effective ways to support its students.

The Division of Student Affairs, led by the Vice President for Student Affairs, is responsible for co-curricular services and programs that enhance student success and the quality of campus life for all undergraduate and graduate students at CSU Dominguez Hills. In addition, the Division is responsible for student recruitment, admission, registration, and student records. Over 100 skilled staff members make up the following operational units: Admissions and Records; Financial Aid; Outreach and School Relations; Dean of Students; Office of Student Life; Loker Student Union; Associated Students, Inc.; Multicultural Affairs; Rose Black Resource Center, Toro Dreamers Success Center, Queer Culture and Resource Center; New Student Programs; Educational Opportunity Program; Encounter to Excellence, Career Center; Enrollment Services; Student Health & Psychological Services; Athletics, University Housing; Upward Bound; Student Support Services, GEAR UP, Male Success Alliance, Veterans Resource Center; CAPE; Student Disability Resource Center; Toro Guardian Scholars; Student Clubs and Organizations; Women¿s Resource Center.

Major Duties

Under the administrative direction of the Vice President for Student Affairs, the Associate Vice President is responsible for the leadership and management of the student life functions in the Division of Student Affairs. Resulting from an intentional reorganization of the Student Life unit, the position contributes to a supportive campus community that promotes the well being of students and ensures that diversity and inclusion are advanced across all Student Life areas. Since both diversity and inclusion rank among CSUDH¿s highest strategic priorities, the position represents a substantial opportunity to impact individual student growth and institutional culture. The AVP will be responsible for working across Divisions to create a living-learning environment that is welcoming, safe, and respectful for all students, faculty, and staff. The AVP serves as an advocate for students and helps lead efforts to provide a campus climate that advances student success, personal development and collaborative student learning experiences.

The AVP is responsible for the administrative and programmatic oversight and coordination of the following units: Office of Student Life and Engagement, the Office of Multicultural Affairs, the Rose Black Resource Center, Toro Dreamers Success Center, Queer Culture Resource Center, Student disAbility Resource Center, Student Conduct, Women¿s Resource Center, Basic Needs, Center for Advocacy, Prevention & Empowerment (CAPE) and University Housing. Although separate auxiliaries run by their respective Board of Directors, the AVP of Student Life/Dean of Students is the University¿s liaison to and coordinates with the Loker Student Union and Associated Students, Inc. This position works closely with staff and students to develop and implement a wide array of opportunities to support student learning and success. Overall the position is responsible for programs and activities that support the educational experience and enhance student life and engagement on campus. The AVP Student Life helps to resolve student conflicts, recommends student life policies and conducts assessments and evaluations. This position reports directly to the Vice President for Student Affairs.

In a key leadership and management role, the AVP of Student Life / Dean of Student will employ best practices to develop a strong sense of teamwork, equity and investment in CSU Dominguez Hills¿ mission across all functional areas, while establishing an environment of mentoring and support for its staff. This individual will exhibit strong managing skills to lead and inspire staff. The AVP will also select, train, motivate and evaluate administrative staff, establish and monitor employee performance objectives, and present employee performance reviews. As a key member of the senior leadership team, the AVP of Student Life will support the continuous learning of staff through attendance at conferences, online opportunities, and at key off-campus meetings for CSU officials to share information about promising practices, compliance issues, and policies and rules.


Required Education: Masters degree in student development, behavioral sciences, public policy or organizational leadership.

Preferred: In addition to the required education: An earned doctorate in one of the areas of study listed above.

Required Experience: At least eight (8) years of professional related experience within the student affairs area, with evidence of increasingly responsible university administrative experience in planning, implementing, supervising and evaluating programs related to student life and engagement for an urban comprehensive university.

Preferred Experience: At least three years of experience; with a track of coordinating initiatives to advance student life and engagement.

At least three years of demonstrated experience with student learning outcomes and program assessment.

Evidence of the implementation of programs in student life for an urban comprehensive university

Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:
- Administrative problems and solutions involved in operating a complex Student Affairs program
- Student learning outcomes and program assessment
- Knowledge of staff development theories and practices. Remain abreast of current issues and best practices in higher education, specifically in areas of direct supervisory responsibility.
- How to recognize and solve interpersonal problems which hamper organizational progress and student life
- Participatory management techniques
- Personnel and fiscal management methods and practices
- Labor/management relations
- Issues related to a diverse campus
- Administrative processes and student service program development
- Demonstrated ability in the area of fiscal management, including budget preparation, resource allocation, and an entrepreneurial spirit that has led to innovative and effective ways to secure alternative funding/revenue sources
- Demonstrated ability in the area of office and personnel management, including supervision of full-time professional staff, employee development, evaluation and motivation
- Meet unique needs of a pluralistic student population
- Plan, develop, coordinate, supervise, and organize student life programs
- Plan and direct innovative, change-oriented activities which result in positive and successful higher education programs
- Manage and motivate staff
- Project budget needs and assist with the allocation of resources
- Communicate effectively both orally and in writing
- Use effective interpersonal communication strategies to assist students with reaching their learning potential
- Solve complex problems and recommend solutions
- Interpersonal relationships with students, staff and faculty
- Verbal and written communications
- Program development and assessment
- Team leadership

Certification: Valid drivers license


40% - Leadership and Management:
- In collaboration with other administrative units across campus, will spearhead, develop and implement effective diversity and inclusion policies and practices, including strategic diversity plans, recruitment and retention of a diverse student body, and the cultivation of a welcoming and inclusive campus community.
- Provide leadership, supervision, direction and support to all managers within the following units: Office of Student Life and Engagement, the Office Multicultural Affairs, Student disAbility Resource Center, Student Conduct, Women¿s Resource Center, Basic Needs, and University Housing. Although separate auxiliaries run by their respective Board of Directors, the AVP of Student Life/Dean of Students is the University¿s liaison to and coordinates with the Loker Student Union and Associated Students, Inc.
- Manages a variety of functions and staff responsible for the learning and development of students including sexual violence education, prevention, response and support, substance abuse prevention, multicultural education, student engagement and success, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender education and support services.
- Bridge the curricular and co-curricular student experience by collaborating with Undergraduate Studies, New Student Orientation and First-Year Programs to enhance the experiences of our undergraduate population. Additionally, the AVP/DOS, in conjunction with other Student Life departments, is responsible for identifying ways to enhance student success, student engagement, student learning communities, building student leadership opportunities, and fostering equity and inclusion for our student population.
- Experience in coalition building with various stakeholders. Display excellent public speaking and presentation skills.
- Ability to work independently and manage organizational change. Understanding of contemporary issues in higher education especially those related to diversity and inclusion.
- Provides leadership and oversight for development of Student Conduct Office
- Review and make recommendations for Campus Life Policies as they pertain to students
- Communicates with students, faculty, and community members regarding questions, concerns, suggestions and complaints as they relate to student life
- Serve as liaison to students and families for referral and problem-solving.
- Oversees budget and resource issues

35% - Development and Assessment:
- Provides vision and direction for the development and implementation of a comprehensive array of operational and programmatic initiatives associated with Student Life, designed to support and enhance programmatic directives, student retention, fiscal & institutional accountability, and strategic & long-range planning.
- Co-lead Student Affairs collaborative learning outcome assessment planning, strategy, and implementation; serve on the Assessment and Research Committee.
- Manage the involvement opportunities of Student Affairs in national and benchmarking studies as well as best practice research.
- Prepare statistical and assessment/outcome reports for the student affairs and university constituencies.
- Works on improvement, student satisfaction, consultation, guidance, assistance and advocacy to programs and services to improve campus environment to support student learning.
- Prepare reports on goal attainment and program effectiveness
- Develops policies and evaluate programs.

10% - University Service:
- Serve as President¿s designee on the Associated Students Inc. Board of Directors
- Serve on the Loker Student Union Board of Directors
- Lead University Alcohol Awareness Team
- Serve on other campus-wide committees

10% - Staff Development:
- Leads and coordinates professional development opportunities for staff and students (in-services, programs, trainings, events, teleconferences, etc.).
- Serves on the Student Affairs Professional Development Committee.

5% - Other Duties Requested:
- Performs other related duties as requested.

Closing Statement

California State University, Dominguez Hills, is an equal employment opportunity employer, and is strongly committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce. The University actively encourages applications of all qualified individuals.

California State University Dominguez Hills is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. We consider qualified applicants for employment without regard to race, religion, color, national origin, ancestry, age, sex, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, genetic information, medical condition, disability, marital status, or protected veteran status. For more information or definition of these terms please visit,

Individuals with disabilities requesting accommodations under the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) may call the Human Resources Office at (310) 243-3771 or the Academic Affairs Personnel Services Office at (310) 243-3766.

Clery Act crime statistics for CSUDH are available at, or by calling University Police at (310) 243-3639.

Upon appointment all candidates must furnish proof of eligibility to work in the U.S.

The California State University is Smoke and Tobacco Free. Smoking, Vaping and other Tobacco use are Not Permitted anywhere on University property. Education Code 42356, CCR Title 5, Article 9
Closing Date/Time: Open until filled

Job Address

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